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178 Teachers Attend 3rd Annual STEM Conference

Thursday, January 05, 2017


WCE’s third annual STEM Education Teacher Conference on Jan. 6 attracted a capacity gathering of 178 teachers. Sponsored by WCE’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Center, the all-day event brought STEM leaders from business and education together to provide professional development for K-12 teachers and administrators.

“Our aim is to help teachers incorporate STEM education into their classrooms by exposing them to innovative tools and activities to stimulate their students’ curiosity in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math,” said CESTEM interim director Chris Gordon. “The conference gives teachers an opportunity to extend their own content knowledge and leave with hands-on, practical applications to integrate lessons across STEM disciplines.”

Faculty from the Watson College and the College of Arts and Sciences, local business leaders, state organization professionals and other educators delivered presentations to help teachers incorporate STEM and digital education into the classroom. Participants learned about current best practices, recently adopted STEM attributes, and methods to pursue STEM school recognition and grant opportunities.

Bonnie Monteleone, executive director of the Plastic Ocean Project, administrative assistant and Plastic Marine Debris Research Lab assistant in UNCW’s Department of Biochemistry and Chemistry, and José Garcia, director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for Greene County Schools, were keynote speakers.

The event was featured in a UNCW home page story on Jan. 4.